February 2012 Newsletter

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Corpora

Digital Archive of Southern Speech (DASS) 

ModeS TimeBank 1.0 


Spring 2012 LDC Data Scholarship Recipients

LDC is pleased to announce the student recipients of the Spring 2012 LDC Data Scholarship program! This program provides university students with access to LDC data at no-cost. Students were asked to complete an application which consisted of a proposal describing their intended use of the data, as well as a letter of support from their thesis adviser. We received many solid applications and have chosen six proposals to support. The following students will receive no-cost copies of LDC data:

    Zainab Ali Khalaf  – University of Science, Malaysia (Malaysia), graduate student, Computer Science. Zainab has been awarded a copy of 1996 English Broadcast News Transcripts (HUB4) (LDC97T22) for her work in spoken document retrieval.

    Daniel Jettka – Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), graduate student, Centre for Language & Communication Studies. Daniel has been awarded  copies of Penn Discourse Treebank Version 2.0 (LDC2008T05) and RST Discourse Treebank (LDC2002T07) for his work in anaphora resolution.

    Olga Nickolaevna Ladoshko - National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI” (Ukraine), graduate student, Acoustics and Acoustoelectronics. Olga has been awarded copies of  NTIMT (LDC93S2) and STC-TIMIT 1.0 (LDC2008S03) for her research in automatic speech recognition for Ukrainian.

    Ming Yang, Xiaoxiao Ma, and Jiajia Huang – Wuhan University (China), graduate students, Computer Science.  Ming, Xiaoxiao, and Jiajia have been awarded  copies of ACE Time Normalization (TERN) 2004 English Training Data v 1.0 (LDC2005T07) and GALE Phase 1 Chinese Broadcast News Parallel Text – Part 1 (LDC2007T23) for their work in summarization and data mining.

    Daria Vazhenina – University of Aizu (Japan), graduate student, Human Interface Lab. Daria has been awarded a copy of 2005 Spring NIST Rich Transcription (RT-05S) Evaluation Set (LDC2011S06) for her work in speaker diarization.

    Tanina Zappone - University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy), graduate student, Oriental Studies. Tanina has been awarded a copy of Chinese Treebank 7.0 (LDC2010T07) for her work in China’s political communications.

Please join us in congratulating our student recipients!   The next LDC Data Scholarship program is scheduled for the Fall 2012 semester.

Membership Fee Savings and Publications Pipeline for MY2012

Time is quickly running out to save on membership fees for MY2012! Any organization which joins or renews membership for 2012 through Thursday, March 1, 2012, is entitled to a 5% discount on membership fees. Organizations which held membership for MY2011 can receive a 10% discount on fees provided they renew prior to March 1, 2012.

Many publications for MY2012 are still in development. The planned publications for the upcoming months include:

    ARRAU (Anaphor Resolution and Underspecification) ~ data annotated for anaphoric relations, with information about agreement and explicit representation of multiple antecedents for ambiguous anaphoric expressions and discourse antecedents for expressions which refer to abstract entities such as events, actions and plans. The corpus contains texts from various genres: task-oriented dialogues from the TRAINS project, narratives from the English Pear Stories , and newspaper articles from the Wall Street Journal portion of the Penn Treebank.

    MALACH English ~ over 300 hours of English audio recordings of interviews conducted under the auspices of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and associated transcripts produced as part of the Multilingual Access to Large Spoken ArCHives (MALACH) project.

    Malto Speech and Transcripts ~ speech files of Malto narratives recorded by Masato Kobayashi and Bablu Tirkey with associated transcripts. Malto is a Dravidian language spoken in northeastern India and Bangladesh.

    NIST/USF Evaluation Resources for the VACE Program – Broadcast News ~ English broadcast news video annotated for the VACE (Video Analysis and Content Extraction) 2005 face, text and text word detection and tracking tasks.

    OntoNotes 5.0 ~ multiple genres of English, Chinese, and Arabic text annotated for syntax, predicate argument structure and shallow semantics.

2012 Subscription Members are automatically sent all MY2012 data as it is released. 2012 Standard Members are entitled to request 16 corpora for free from MY2012. Non-members may license most data for research use.